Pieces of jewelry are produced in many designs such as plain jewelry and gem-decorated jewelry. The jewelry that is decorated with gems is more shining and colorful. These features make jewelry even more beautiful. Wearing colorful jewelry also make people look lively and gorgeous. There are many steps and various kinds of methods to set a gem on jewelry.
AVALON will provide information about the characteristics, special features, and drawbacks of each type of jewelry setting as well as the caution you need to concern before wearing it. These will make it easier to choose jewelry to match your lifestyle. The setting of gems depends on designers and the customer’s preference, so it can’t be said which setting is the best.
There are 7 types of settings
This is a type of setting which has no prong that conceals the facets of gems. Also knows as invisible jewelry, it is the hardest type of setting because many conditions must be taken into consideration in this setting. The gems have to be in the same size and the colors have to be very similar. The cut of the gems is also important in the invisible jewelry setting. Good cut gems will stay tightly on the jewelry without any space. The hardness and strength of gems are other factors that have to concern. The harder the gems, the stronger the setting can be. Besides, the body of the jewelry must be created in net shape to make the invisible jewelry setting possible and stronger.
Special features: gems are flat on the body of jewelry, so there is less possibility for the gems to be damage.
Drawbacks: Invisible jewelry setting is the hardest type of setting. An unskilled jeweler can risk breaking the gems.
The prong setting is a very popular one. A gem is set by prongs that attach to the body of jewelry, and the other end holds the gem by its facets. The numbers of prongs that are used to create the jewelry are 3,4,6 or more. This depends on the style of that jewelry. Aside from number, there are also various types of prongs. Round prongs are the most common type, but V-prong is also seen as the setting of sharp-edged gems such as marquise, pear, and square.
Special features: prong setting is a type of setting that can show every angle of the gems. This will allow the gems to perfectly shine because the light can reflex from many directions. Besides, it is easier to clean.
Drawbacks: The prongs have not completely shielded the gem, so it is possible that the gem can be chipped or damaged. The prongs may also easily attach to hair or cloth.
Bazel setting is a type of setting that uses a metal brand to wraps around the gems. This setting is also popular among jewelry lovers.
Special features: This type of setting provides the best protection for the gems, and is also a tight and strong type of setting. Besides, it makes a small gem look bigger than it actually is.
Drawbacks: The metal wrap does not allow light to reflex the gems, so it makes the gem look dimer.
This setting aligns several gems in a row without septate metal. The channel is cut lengthwise on the body of the jewelry, and the metal edge holds the gems in place.
Special features: the edges of the gems are wrapped by the metal, so it helps reduce impact damage.
Drawback: This type of setting method requires accuracy and skill. If the gems are not set delicately and tightly enough, it is possible to lose them. Besides, it is also hard to resize a ring. Make the size bigger or smaller can make the gems fall off.
This setting is the method that uses small gems to pave the surface of the jewelry. Each gem is wrapped by the metal from the body of jewelry to make it stays in place. Generally, the setting requires 4 gems at least, but a bigger or smaller number of gems can also be used.
Special features: this setting will make the gems look sparkling, especially for diamonds.
Drawbacks: The gems are easier to fall off than the prong setting. The prongs can hold the gems tighter than the body-metal wrap. However, it depends on the skill of the setting jeweler.
This type of setting resembles the Bazel setting. However, the gems are entirely implanted on the metal body of the jewelry. The table of the diamonds will be flat at the same level as the jewelry’s body.
Special features: The edges of the gems are wrapped by the metal and tables of them are at the same level as the body.
Drawback: The setting method requires pressing on the gems, and it risks breaking them. The jeweler has to be very careful.
This method of setting uses the tension from two pieces of metal to attach the gem. The small groove on the metal locks the edge of the gem to make it set tighter. The metal used in this setting has to be hard enough, so generally, platinum and white gold are used instead of much softer gold.
Special features: the table of the gem is flat within the body of the jewelry, so it helps prevent scratch to occur.
Drawbacks: Some parts of the gems are not cover by the meta, so it might get an impact easily.
Gem setting is one of the important procedures in making a piece of jewelry. There are various types of settings, and each set has different features. However, the purpose of setting a gem is always the same that is to attach the gem to the metal body of the jewelry.
Having information about each setting will make it easier to decide which types of setting the right ones for you. Knowing the drawbacks and cautions about each type also helps prevent the damage to occur. Whatever type of setting you choose, the important thing to concern about is how to take care of your jewelry to make it lasting.